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Old 06-05-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Disney Wonder to Alaska – May 27th – June 3rd 2013 (More pics added 6/14)

Pictures in Posts 8, 9, 13, 26, 27, 43, 44 and 45 so far

Hi All,

This is my first trip report so please bear with me as I learn how to do this. Note: this trip was for 5 adults with the youngest in our group being 19.

Part I: Vancouver

Hotel:
We stayed at the River Rock Casino Resort, which we got a great deal for and is right on the Canada line. Whats a family cruise vacation without a little father-daughter gambling? I think Disney should incorporate blackjack and roulette training into their kids programs .

Canada Line: I was worried about missing my flight on the way back and so I created this thread asking about disembarkation. In post 8 I share a lot of my information about traveling to and from the airport via the Canada Line and I also posted an update in a later post: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3105981

Food:

Some of my family members traveled by plane for over 14 hours (broken up into two flights) to meet me in Vancouver. They covered a distance of over 6,500 miles. God forbid I would choose a restaurant more than 12 minutes away from our resort. (PS: Most of my sarcasm is for humors sake. I love my family and Disney and we all had a wonderful time; but I have to do something to keep this interesting!)

Night One: Felicos; Greek American with reasonable prices and great food. We took the skytrain one stop and then it was a very short walk from there. (12 min total travel time including waiting for the train to arrive)

Day Two: Since we had the free breakfast, which was rather extensive and tasty, we ended up skipping lunch (Operation gain 5 lbs had not yet commenced). We wanted to visit the Richmond night market for dinner, but by the end of the day we were too tired and decided we would prefer a sit-down meal. For that, we decided to try Cactus Café. The food was great, but they put a lot of different flavors in each dish so for those that like their food simple, I would not recommend this. It was only two stops away by sky train and an even shorter walk (literally at the first light). Total travel time was an exhausting 8 min (A full 0.9% of the time it took my family to reach Vancouver).

Other recommendations I received for food were for White Spot, Spaghetti Factory and Salt Tasting House. I myself didn't get a chance to try any of these. As a steak lover and someone who was born in Canada, I personally would recommend The Keg; but there weren't any I could find located on the Canada Line (Which as we know from above, was pivotal in my planning).

Activities: Here we are waking up on Sunday morning in beautiful Vancouver. We have Granville Island, Stanly Park (including the aquarium), Queen Elizabeth Park and a myriad other tourist destinations all at our finger tips. So, of course, with all these great options what should we decide to do? Three of us went to the mall. Of course, my father and I, being that much wiser, would not have any of this mall business. He and I would take full advantage of this wonderful city we'd landed in. And that's why we never even left the hotel. What better way to take advantage of Vancouver then to donate money to their Casino industry . Honestly, my family's original intent had been to take the train to Queen Elizabeth Park, but the weather didn't favor a park day. With our shopping and gambling done, my family decided to support the local industry of visual arts. By that I mean we went to catch a movie (Star Trek II - brilliant btw).

I personally had to come back home directly after the cruise was over, but my family is still there exploring Vancouver. I'm sure they will find time to explore Stanly Park and the aquarium in that time.

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Part II: Embarkation Day

Boarding:

I went to waterfront station via the Canada line and then walked to the terminal. Said terminal needs a bigger sign. You see, once the Disney Wonder comes into sight, a pedestrian like me can get mesmerized and walk right by the tiny (maybe 2ftx4ft - small compared to the ship!) sign pointing to the underground terminal. But apparently it seems you can't just walk directly onto the ship that's waiting for you so invitingly at the terminal. After a few embarrassing moments of being lost, I eventually backtracked and saw the big sign pointing to the underground terminal.

Maybe it's just me, but I felt that the process in the Vancouver terminal was longer and more extensive then in Port Canaveral. First the security check, then passport control, and finally the Disney Check-in counter. All of it took us a little over an hour.

Disney tried to take my co-travelers passports because they were in the country on Visas and they claimed they needed to show the passports to border control. We had an excursion that would take us into Canada on our third day and so we felt we needed to keep our passports. The first manager we spoke to was not very nice or Disney-like, but then another manager stepped in and took photocopies of our passports so we were allowed to keep the originals. We had actually suggested a photocopy to the first manager to which he'd replied that they didn't have a copy machine. The second manager we spoke to must have had some great pixy-dust because she was actually able to use the copy machine in plain sight right behind the counter (barely a few feet behind the person that had told us they didn't have one). Note, this is the only time in this report where my sarcasm is somewhat genuine. I didn't see the lying manager while we were speaking with the second, much kinder and more straight-forward manager, so I wonder if he disappeared on purpose or what happened to him?

Check-in problems sorted, we proceeded to board the ship. I knew our last names would be hard for the CM to pronounce so I'd written them phonetically on a sticky note prior to arriving at the terminal. I'd considered using a fake name, but my creativity failed me. The best I could come up with was The Wait-for-it, family.

Finally on-board:

Upon boarding, some of us went to rest and have coffee in Promenade Lounge while the rest of us headed to Studio Sea on deck 4 to make mixology and Palo reservations. (Yes, please note that this is all being done in Studio Sea now and not Wavebands). We stood in line for a little while. It was almost 1:30 when we finished (we'd arrived at the terminal at 11:30, per our chosen check-in time). We decided to wait for our rooms to be ready so we could drop off our stuff. Unfortunately, our rooms ended up taking a little longer so operation gain 5 lbs was delayed a whole 15 minutes until 1:45. Anyways, we dropped off our stuff and decided to eat at beach blanket so we could enjoy the beautiful view of Vancouver clouds and rain (we knew in our hearts there were mountains back there somewhere!). The food was great and it wasn't hard to find a table.

When we went back down to our rooms after lunch, our luggage had already arrived (all except for one bag, which wasn't mine so doesn't count). From there, I proceeded to our Disboards meetup at promenade lounge, then back to the room for the safety drill followed by the atrium for the sail-away party (it was raining so they relocated it). Loved the sail-away party!! That done, we went out on deck 4 so we could wave good-bye to the Disney Staff standing on shore as we sailed away. Who cared if it was raining and cold or that behind those smiles they were probably miserably wet and ready to go back inside? Our Disney ship was about to leave port for the first time and just as a postman must deliver his mail - rain or shine - so must we stand out on deck to wave good-bye to those giant Mickey hands. (Side note: Cartoon Mickey is already pretty large for a mouse; based on the size of those Mickey hands he has since grown from large to ginormous!)

Our show time was 6:15, but since we were traveling as a group of five, we decided to go to the shows half an hour early so we could find seats together. This turned out to be unnecessary. Fifteen minutes early would have probably been more than sufficient.

Dinner:

After the show was some unpacking followed by dinner at 8:15. We requested PTTAPTA for our dining rotation so we could have Tritons on the formal/semi-formal nights. Our servers were Omar and Ajit who were both wonderful. I would definitely request to have them again if we sail on the wonder in the near future. Almost every night, they would perform magic tricks for us and most of them were good ones too! Also, thank goodness for Disney's repeat staff system because we were able to get this conversation out of the way for three of the four people we had to exchange it with:

Staff: "Where are you from?"
Us: very long answer
Staff: "Oh, I've been to... and visited..." Continues on to tell us about the places we are from.
Us: "That's nice."
Staff: Continues talking about their experiences in our countries
Us: "That's very nice."
(Actually we were always polite as possible. Alternatively, if my aunt was around, she loved to take every opportunity possible to discuss foreign politics with our wait staff or anyone else within earshot. I did what I could to prevent this.)
Staff: Tries to impress us with the few words of our language they know. Usually "thank you".
Us: "Thank you" or "you're welcome" in the chosen language with a smile to show we appreciate the attempt. Actually Omar managed a decent bit of Russian, though I don't speak Russian myself so not sure what he said.

Two members of my travel group went to Palo for dinner where they met Ashlie for the first time (they probably covered the above conversation with him as well). They did report that he was wonderful and had them laughing all night. The rest of us met him later at our Palo Brunch and then one last time for our family Palo dinner on the last night. He was beyond excellent and gave us so much attention we almost felt like he was there just for us. We really enjoyed his jokes as well as all the strawberries he provided (especially those of the chocolate coated variety).

Evening Adult Shows:
We attended almost all the evening adult shows though I can't remember all their names or what order we saw them in. There was a comedian (Adam Ace I believe), a ventriloquist, a juggler and a hypnotist on board (as well as possibly others that I don't remember now). They were all hilarious; though the hypnotist was probably our least favorite. The other three performers had me laughing so hard, my mouth hurt. I always think the performers have much better adult shows then family ones - I guess maybe because they don't have to be so careful to keep it all PG friendly.

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Part III: First Day at Sea

Well, this is a Disney cruise, so what better way to wake up than to hear Mickeys high-pitched, over-enthusiastic voice at 7 in the morning. I was kind enough to put these wake up calls on speaker for my whole stateroom to enjoy. To be honest, we were all up by 5 and trying very hard to pretend to still be asleep so as to not wake each other up. Despite being the least jet-lagged in my group, I was still the first to tire of this charade and move to disturb everyone around 6:30.

We'd filled out the breakfast card for coffee and pastries so that was something to look forward to every morning. As wonderful as Disney organization is, I would put their success rate with room-service breakfast at 57% (out of 7 days, they got 4 right). The first day, we didn't receive enough coffee (If you have coffee lovers in your group, I recommend requesting a pot for every two people). One day they forgot a whole tray so all we got was coffee (no juice, pastries, or milk), a third time they only forgot my chocolate milk and then remembered after I'd already gone up to beach blanket to get my own (along with some smoked salmon for my dads bagel). Oh, and at no point in time did they consider that coffee for five people would require FIVE coffee cups. Without fail we received anywhere from 2 to 4 cups each day. Someone should start a coffee cup foundation to help Disney remedy this shortage.

Still, we very much enjoyed our breakfast in the room. Despite hearing some bad reviews of the coffee on board, my family liked the 100% Columbian Coffee they offered. Out of curiosity, has anyone ever had some percentage of Columbian Coffee other than 100%? Multi-ethnic coffee - 90% Columbian, 10% Turkish maybe?

(Side note: Don't ask the waiter in Le Cellier, Epcot, what the difference between moderate caffeine and medium caffeine on the tea menu means. You'll just get a weird look and no answer.)

After breakfast, I went to the Art of Entertaining and learned how to make one of the Animators Pallet appetizers. Because after watching the chef perform what seemed like a hundred steps in four different pots, I feel completely confident in my ability to reproduce the dish. But hey, free wine and a sample of super delicious risotto - nothing to complain about really .

Once that was done we had the very special and unique idea of distributing our FE gifts on the first at sea day. By 'very unique', I mean 90% of the gifts we received came in the first two days. One of our fellow cruisers was kind enough to create a map of the ship with all the rooms on the FE list circled. This made our lives much easier. Distribution to 20 rooms took about 45min. This time included various detours, especially to explore deck 5. I'm a little jealous of the kids to be honest. They were making flubber when we took a look. I like making flubber too Disney!! And I might actually learn something in the Ratatouille cooking class! The adult version is clearly too advanced for my skill level.

After that, we proceeded forward with operation gain 5 pounds with a lunch composed of goodies gathered from Pinocchios, Plutos dog house, and beach blanket. We did this every day for lunch actually. Crabs, oysters, salmon, steak, soups, pasta and a variety of other offerings were not powerful enough to pull me away from a slice of Pinocchio's peperoni pizza every afternoon .

Post lunch we had our Tea Girls gathering. This was originally supposed to be Champaign Girls, but to do a private Champaign tasting on board we needed a minimum of 25 people (I think) and the price was $30 each. We opted for Tea instead. Unfortunately, Disney got our order confused and failed to include the mini-sandwiches and snacks they had promised and there were significantly fewer strawberries then there should have been. I did mention this to guest services a couple days later and all the rooms involved theoretically received a plate of sweets (petit fours as Disney called them) to make up for it. The make-up sweets came with a card saying something like "Wishing you a Wonder-ful cruise" so I'm pretty sure everyone who received these sweets had no idea why they were getting them. Not that any of them would complain I'm sure .

Post tea girls we decided to enjoy some wine and cheese in our stateroom balcony. I provided the wine, Disney provided the cheese. After that was the Captain's Gala. I've never been to a gala before, but somehow I didn't expect it would consist of people standing in line the whole time. There were maybe 5 picture stations and people moved from one line to the next to have their pictures taken. As I don't care to stand in line and get my picture taken, I probably would not repeat this event on a future cruise.

The rest of the night was pretty standard. Show, followed by looong dinner (my family takes forever at meals - European style I guess), followed by evening variety shows followed by crashing. We had our character breakfast to look forward to.

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Part IV: Tracy Arm
(pictures below in posts 8 and 9)

My aunt said she received the call from Donald Duck this morning. I dont know if that's true, but I always got Mickey when I answered. I guess he must just like me better

Breakfast:

This was the morning of our character breakfast, but we still ordered some pre-breakfast coffee for the room. This was followed by my issuance of very strict instructions to the rest of my family: The character breakfast is for taking pictures with characters only. Food is to be limited to one order of fruit per person plus any beverages of choice. The intake of additional food will be severely frowned upon and possibly followed by strict reprimand.

The reason for my instructions: We had our palo brunch that afternoon. My family was all on board with these instructions up until they opened up the breakfast menu. My father was the first to violate orders by requesting the bagel with smoked salmon. I was the second in violation. What can I say? Smoked Salmon on bagels with cream cheese is our weakness. Blame Disney for exploiting it.

Characters at the breakfast included: Minnie, Mickey, Chip, Dale, Pluto, and Goofy. We missed Minnie because we arrived a few minutes late.

Palo Brunch:

There is so much to say about this I dont even know where to begin or where to end so I'm just going to bullet point some highlights:

- Yummy yummy crab legs are hard to eat and messy and make us look ridiculous, but totally worth it. Ashlie (server) put a plate of them at our table for us

- One member of my group decided not to order a hot course, or more specifically she ordered nothing. That is precisely what she received, written on a plate in chocolate and strawberry syrup. I knew they did that for children in the main dining rooms sometimes, but I didn't expect it at Palo - probably because no one has ever been ridiculous enough to order nothing at Palo before!

- My family + large meal = forever!! Our reservation started at noon, and I think it was around 3 when we got out because the captain had just reached the farthest point along Tracy Arm he could possibly go.

- They were out of chocolate covered strawberries when we got to dessert!!! Ashlie saved the day and had the kitchen make us a fresh plate. *phew* Disaster averted.

Tracy Arm:
(Or whats left of it) Thank goodness we had a view from Palos because we got out pretty late. We snapped a few pictures of the glacier and did our best to spot the seals they kept announcing. I have a few pictures of black specks that I will adamantly claim are pictures of seals (although black rock seems like a distinct possibility).

Some cruisers claimed they also saw bears and goats along the mountains we passed getting into Tracy Arm. We were too busy maneuvering at the height of operation gain five pounds to be around for those sightings. The nice thing about arriving late though, is that we had the deck mostly to ourselves for the way back out. Once we tired, we returned to our stateroom and continued the journey on our verandas (binoculars at the ready).

I don't remember for sure, but I imagine the rest of the evening was a standard operation: Show, dinner, evening variety show, crash. Of note: I strongly recommend the Grand Marnier soufflé for desert at Triton's.

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Part V: Skagway
(See Post 13 for Pictures)

I've never had a problem with Sea-sickness. Car-sickness and air-sickness are a different story. Apparently these forms of illness are more likely after one gets off of a boat (variations of land sickness I guess). I learned this the hard way on the bus ride back from Port Canaveral after my last cruise.

Once again, we awoke at an un-Disney hour to the sound of Mickeys falsetto voice and crawled our way through breakfast and many cups of coffee. We had to be off the ship by 7:15 am. Given my familys tendency to be tardy, I strictly instructed that the departure time would be 7:05 and insisted that being on time was vital to not missing our excursion. With this warning and my constant calls for readiness ringing in their ears, they were able to make it out the door by 7:15. Dramamine in hand (along with hats on our heads, scarfs on our necks and gloves, raincoats, and cameras in our bags) we were ready to take the Chilkoot Whate Pass Summit Bus & Rail Excursion (Translation: Ride a train up the mountain and take a bus back down). Booking with Chilkoot, we were granted the privilege of being assigned the last car in the train, which I greatly approved of. A narrator pointed out sights of import and gave us some interesting history as we traveled up the mountain:

"On your right, you will see..."
Get my camera ready. Wait for it... Wait for it...... still waiting for it.... Remind me what I was looking for again?

Or better yet: "We're about to enter a very dark tunnel. Please be seated or make sure you are holding onto something as it will be very dark."
Okay, I'm holding on to the window sill. I see the tunnel coming. Rush to snap a quick picture of the front of the train as it goes into the tunnel, then put my camera down and grab for the windowsill. Here it comes... and there it goes. Wow, I thought that whole two seconds would never end!

We were not fortunate enough to see any wild-life (excepting a humming bird) on the way up or on the bus-ride down, but we did get some good pictures and it was nice being able to stop and position ourselves for shots (as opposed to getting great pictures of the trees in front of beautiful scenery).

I did feel taunted by the snow on the way up. It was packed all around the train in beautiful white, but of course as soon as we get off, there's none to touch except some packed brown snow/ice I didn't care for.

Apparently border control is very worried about illegals crossing the Alaska-Canada border because the agents going both ways (into and out of Canada) were very serious about their passport checking. Are illegal Canadians crossing the border into Alaska a major problem up there? If I wanted to cross the border from Canada into the US, farther North is not the direction I would choose to travel.

The Town:

Upon our return, we decided to grab lunch on the ship and then explore the town of Skagway. To my aunt this meant shopping. I don't have much patience for visiting every store in Skagway so my father and I broke away and continued to explore the single main street on our own. Suffice it to say that if you don't stop at shops, this is a pretty quick tour. I printed a walking tour map, but didn't really care to read and walk at the same time. On the way back, we spotted the shoppers in our group all gathered around what seemed to be the single most popular building in Skagway: The Internet Café. They took the time to feed their internet addition while my father and I made our way back to the ship. Remember how I'd mentioned our morning apparel consisted of winter clothes from head to toe? Coats, scarfs, gloves and hats had all come off by this point. I changed into a sun-dress and my father into a pair of shorts and we went to relax by the pool while we waited for the rest of our party to return. I would have liked to jump in the hot tub, but I wouldn't have had time to take a shower afterwards and still be ready in time for our show (and I dislike walking around with Chlorine on my skin and in my hair).

Standard operation for the evening: Show (The sadly disappointing Iron Man III), Dinner, Variety Show, Crash.
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Part VI: Juneau
(Some pictures in post 18; more coming eventually)

Our excursion in Juneau wasnt until 9:50am, so we had the blessing of being able to sleep in a bit. What time should we end up waking up? 7am of course. Mickeys call wasnt set till 8 though - as always, we had to make time for our long breakfast.

This day was rainy and quite cold. We were met just outside the gangway by the soaking wet representative from Harv & Marvs. She directed us to a bus along with the other groups that had booked today. We were fortunate that the bus also had an additional pick-up at one of the local hotels so we got to see a bit of the town that way. The driver was kind enough to share with us some amusing anecdotes and tidbits along the way. Our first official stop was Mendenhall Glacier for which we were given a very rushed 15 minutes. We walked as fast as we could to the spot suggested for pictures of the Glacier, snapped a couple shots, and then rushed back to not miss the bus. Said bus then took us to the boat where we met our wonderful tour guide, Liz. The bus driver had mentioned he would be picking us up at the end of our excursion to take us back to the ship, so I didnt tip him then expecting that I would get another opportunity. Unfortunately this other opportunity did not present itself as planned. We had a different driver for the short trip back.

So here's what I learned about whale watching. It's a lot of expectant 'watching' only occasionally interrupted by a bit of 'whale' here and there. Apparently the whales only appear once every 5 to 7 minutes while surface feeding and you never know exactly where they will appear. It was also awesome! We saw and got pictures of several whale tails and also spotted a mother and calf pair. Liz kept pointing out 'that's the Mom...and thats the calf' at each sighting of a black mass in the water. After about 5 repetitions of this I had to ask "how can you tell?" For all I knew, these black masses were all the same whale (or not even a whale at all for that matter). Liz explained and I was actually able to tell the difference after that. If I ever go whale watching again I'll be happy to announce "That's the Mom, Thats the calf" to any incredulous co-passengers I may have .

On our excursion, we also saw quite a few (adorable) sea lions, some of which got pretty close to our boat. Additionally, we spotted (or I should say Liz spotted and then directed us to) 3 bald eagles. It was raining/drizzling the whole time though, so we were pretty happy to make it back to land and head back. The whole tour, including the glacier, was supposed to take 3 hours but we ended up spending close to 3 hours out on the water alone.

PS: I'd like to emphasize again that Liz was a great tour guide: very knowledgeable with a wonderful sense of humor (especially when it came to pronouncing our names). I would ask for her again if ever given the opportunity to repeat this trip.

Back at the ship, we chowed down a very late (and warm!) lunch and then my family all huddled under blankets to warm up. I took the opportunity to take care of some things at guest services, begin the process of requesting a quote for a dummy cruise, and even had a chance to chat for a bit with fellow cruisers.

Shortly thereafter we followed the standard evening procedure for show and dinner, but with the addition of the wonderful Pixar Pals party (in lieu of the pirate party on most non-Alaska cruises). Loved the Pixar Pals party (though I still really like the pirate show and fireworks too). The ship was graced by the presence of Remy, the kid & dog from up, Ms. Incredible, Woody & female Woody (Aka, Jesse), Mike and Sully. I think thats everyone, but forgive me if I forgot an attendee. They came out and danced with the children and rotated around the room so everyone would get a chance to interact with them. I do have one ground-breaking revelation to make about this event: Children interacting with Disney/Pixar characters are adorable! Be prepared for extreme cuteness when attending this function.

PS: It's about at this point that I started realizing that Ray was a fantastic cruise directer. My first cruise was on the Disney Dream with a different cruise director and while the entertainment was good, it was not nearly so wonderful as on this cruise under Ray's direction. He did a brilliant job and I would love to cruise with him again.

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Part VII: Ketchikan
Pictures in post 19

I was officially sick of pastries by now, so I went up to beach blanket, requested a kids tray and loaded it up with food for everyone in my stateroom (including pastries).

To be honest, Ketchikan was my least favorite port. I didn't particularly care for any of the excursions offered here, especially as I was born in Canada and have seen my share of lumberjack shows and totem poles. I don't care enough about salmon either, except when they're in smoked form and ready for consumption. Last but not least, I have a strong dislike of flying and doing so on any equipment less sophisticated then a commercial airliner is a highly unappealing prospect for me. Hence, floatplanes and helicopter tours were out of the picture. This left us with the walking tour map I'd printed out and a plan to do some shopping afterwards.

There was exactly one site along the walking tour that I felt was genuinely worth our attention: The salmon ladder. In case you're wondering, no that is not a typo. In order to help the salmon swim upstream, the creek is actually equipped with a fish ladder.
The creek was pretty too. Given the option to redo this day I probably would not have proceeded along the walking tour farther then the creek. Once the short tour was done, we went back into town for shopping. I personally found the salesmen here to be a little pushy (especially the ones trying to book you on tours) so shopping was an even less appealing prospect then it had been in Skagway. Besides, ever since I'd boarded the ship, I'd had my eye on a far more enticing use of time - an activity that had so far eluded me due to weather and time constraints: soaking in the hot tub.

If you do wish to shop in Ketchikan, please note that you can negotiate prices here. My aunt said she overheard a salesmen drop the price for a gold something or other from $600 to $400.

I parted from my family and made a quick (10min stop) at a souvenir shop on my way back to the ship. I purchased the most adorable salt and pepper shaker of a man and woman in Eskimo clothing touching noses. It was my only shopping for the whole trip and when my family saw what I'd purchased, they asked where I'd gotten it and if they had time to go back out for that item. They didn't. Hehe

I grabbed a quick lunch on the ship and then it was finally, Finally, hot tub time. Everyone was still out in Ketchikan so I even had it to myself for a good while. I did get some good company just as I was getting bored of being on my own and overall I managed about 2 hours of very happy me time. It did rain while I was there, but that didn't bother me at all and the rain didn't last long. According to Ray, our cruise director, if its not raining in Ketchikan, then its going to be raining in Ketchikan so I think we got lucky with the weather overall.

I honestly don't remember much else of what happened on this day after receiving the phone-call from my family. Tonight was semi-formal night, though it seems about 50% of cruisers didn't care to observe this. Also, I believe this was the day of the hypnosis show in the Walt Disney Theater and the juggler for the adult show. The juggler was great! Plus this was followed up by one of my favorite on-board events: the Match Your Mate show. It was a great way to end the evening. Sadly, tomorrow would be the last day of our cruise .

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Part VIII

The summery of this day is this: packing, packing, guest services, auctioning our FE gifts between everyone in my family, packing, mixology and a glimpse of the character dance party (didn't have time for the whole thing), lots of pictures of princesses, A whale spotted on the port side! wonderful evening show and an excellent dinner at Palo. I may or may not come back to elaborate on this further (partially depends on whether or not anyone asks for it).
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You're off to a great start! Too funny about having to eat within a 12 minute radius.

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You're off to a great start! Too funny about having to eat within a 12 minute radius.

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Aww... Thanks Jill! I was worried I would be shunned off the boards for not including pictures . I'm still hoping my cheap jokes can save me
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Looking forward to more. Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us. No pictures now, but does that mean none at all? Did I miss you saying that would be the case?
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Looking forward to more. Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us. No pictures now, but does that mean none at all? Did I miss you saying that would be the case?
The question of pictures is still open. It depends on whether or not I can figure out how to do it, Lol. It seems I have to upload my pictures on a different site and then put a link here? What 'different site' do most people use?
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:21 AM   #7
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The question of pictures is still open. It depends on whether or not I can figure out how to do it, Lol. It seems I have to upload my pictures on a different site and then put a link here? What 'different site' do most people use?
Photobucket is fairly easy to use. I upload the pictures and then click on the IMG link and paste that on your post.

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Woohoo!!! We have pictures. This was taken on our Tracy Arm day
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Part IV Pictures!!!

Thanks for the picture help Jill! Now that I know how to do it, here are a few of Tracy Arm:









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Awesome pictures! Makes me want to go to Alaska even more now!

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Yay, I didn't know you didn't know how, but I am so glad you figured it out. It isn't hard, but it is time consuming. Thanks again for sharing.
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Awesome pictures! Makes me want to go to Alaska even more now!

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Yay, I didn't know you didn't know how, but I am so glad you figured it out. It isn't hard, but it is time consuming. Thanks again for sharing.


I'm glad I figured it out too. Thanks for all the encouragement
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Pictures of Skagway:





One of the trees I mentioned:










See what happens when you can stop to take the picture you want:











Can you believe I was sunbathing by the pool the same afternoon as this:




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wow this photos are so amazing.. thank for showing it and my husband and I would love to go to Alaska, hopeful one day...

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Curious to know how chilly it was on your White Pass Train trip?
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